Christine Bauer, Markus Schedl,
"Cross-Country Investigation of User Connection Patterns in Online Social Networks"
: Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019), 1-2019
Cross-Country Investigation of User Connection Patterns in Online Social Networks
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Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019)
Given the global expansion, the borderless nature,
and the social impact of social media, this paper
provides an examination of users? connection patterns
in online social networks, more specifically the users?
cross-country connection patterns. We study three
highly different social media platforms, Facebook,
Last.fm, and 500px, and approach two main research
First, we set out to answer which countries?
social media users are mainly connected with users
within their own country; and which countries are
characterized by a wide spectrum of cross-country
(transnational) user connections. In doing so, we also
identify the ?attractor? countries, being characterized
by alluring a large portion of users from other countries
to connect to users in the respective attractor country.
Second, we compare the results between the three
social media platforms under investigation and analyze
and discuss differences in the cross-country connection
patterns. Third, we investigate whether countries?
attractor values are correlated with cultural features
(according to Hofstede).
Our results contribute to understanding the complex
social ties between people and how they are reflected in
connection behavior on social media.